Thursday, September 19, 2013

Brave Writer - Homeschool Writing Curriculum Review

We are struggling with writing at the moment. 7yo loves to write but is very resistant to the 'rules' of writing such as punctuation, capital letters etc. He enjoys most aspects of homeschooling but when I say we are going to do some writing I can see his body tense, his eyes roll and then the complaining starts....

We are currently trying out a few different curriculum to discover what is going to work for 7yo and Brave Writer is one of them. A fellow homeschooler suggested the brave writer 'jot it down' resource as I love curriculum I can use for both 7yo and 6yo and this resource is designed for kids aged 5-8.

The book introduces the idea of a 'brave writer lifestyle' and suggests this is the daily, weekly, monthly, seasonal rhythm in your homeschool that explores music, the arts, film, nature, literature, poetry and various writing practices in a natural, predictable flow.

It provides a guide, not a "to do" list of activities designed to support your child's learning and natural interest in the world around them.

writing curriculum homeschooling

What I like about this curriculum is that it keeps it simple, and fun. There is less forced sit down writing which is exactly what 7yo is resistant to and more enjoyment based learning and activities.

This year long language arts program incorporates 10 fun and engaging writing projects including a fairy tale project, art appreciation and a photo journal.

To get started we began with the photo journal project as I knew this would be highly motivating for both 7yo and 6yo. I asked them what they would like to make a photo book about and 7yo said he wanted to make a book about his rocks and minerals collection and 6yo said he liked the idea of taking photos of different things he does each day (as suggested in the book).

I really like the project ideas in this resource and also the general information and encouragement for homeschoolers included in the book.

This is undoubtedly one of the best resources for those who prefer a more relaxed, natural approach to writing in your homeschool.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this resource for the purpose of review. It is my honest and true opinion.

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